Reflections on Life, Ripples of memory

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I am holding a vision in my mind that anyone that is lonely or sad today has someone reach out to them to bring comforting positive words, a hug, a warm blanket or good meal, whatever it is that they are most in need of today or any day. Regardless of National holidays, this is my vision for everyday. May this old world find more peace and far less anger and violence, and that change has always started with each one of us.
Watch ourselves… when we see the crazy things that happen on the news, what is your reaction? DO you rush to blame someone and pile on the judgement in comments on the internet? Or do you stop and try to see the situation from all sides and realize we have no place in life to be judges of others when we do not know the full circumstances?  Think about your words… for they do have an effect on others.  In this day of technology, those words can stick around to haunt you for a long time!
Think about it…  give thanks, and think about what positive energy you can put out into the world to balance all the negative. I love you all, and hope for the very best for each and everyone of us!

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Skies and Mountains and Rivers = Beauty

These first 3 images are from recent weeks out at Trout Lake, Washington at the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve near town.   As you can see in the photo with people this is not a deep lake, but rather a wide spreading stream through a marshy area.  In high runnoff times the body of water appears to be much larger and makes lovely reflections on occasion.

 

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THESE next couple of shots were taken last night in the Columbia River Gorge, where long bands of smooth layers of the lenticular fashion stretched north and south across the Gorge as they are prone to doing at the beginning of weather change activity.

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Tonight’s sunset from July 21, 2014 in White Salmon looking Northwest:

 

July 21, 2014 in White Salmon, Washington.

July 21, 2014 in White Salmon, Washington.

And this one more image is a sunset looking west, taken in mid July.

 

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Calm Morning on the Columbia River at the National Fish Hatchery

My nephew called me this morning with a heads up about lovely sunlight coming under the fog on the Columbia near The mouth of the White Salmon River. Being the night Owl that I am, I was not yet ready for the day. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my camera, and drove down the hill to explore. While I did get a few intriguing fog shots with my big camera, this post is all iPhone shots from a little later in the morning I wandered on down to the Spring Creek national fish hatchery just west of the White Salmon River, and found some lovely reflections.

A little bit about the local fish hatcheries: there are three of America’s national fish hatcheries in our area along the Columbia River. Carson national fish hatchery roughly 20 miles to the west on the Wind River; the Little White Salmon/Willard national fish hatchery complex roughly 8 miles west on the Little White Salmon River; and this one in Underwood near the mouth of the White Salmon River.

By the way, the fall Chinook Salmon babies are swimming around in the pool getting strong enough to make their journey to the ocean. They’re so bright and shiny, a joy to watch. I stared, mesmerized, at their TV screen displaying the underwater antics of the tiny fish. I learned there is a very large population expected to return to the Little White Salmon fish hatchery this year
The area around this local hatchery is a beautiful place to visit. Not only is the visitor center itself a beautiful place, but there is a park along the road into the center that is heavily used by windsurfers seasonally, and is very empty this time of year and peaceful. Today the river was amazingly calm with clouds and sun coming and going. I was blessed with a phone call from my daughter in Seattle and she kept me company as I took pictures.

As I said earlier all these pictures are from the iPhone 4S using primarily the ProHDR app for shooting, and the Snapseed App, and the A+ signature app for processing. This entire post was shot, written, designed and posted at The Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, a place worth visiting.

I hope you enjoy! I certainly enjoyed creating this for you
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Random Bits of Pink

Fiery pink, orange and purple sunset over Sleeping Beauty and the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve

I just felt like some COLOR was appropriate, rich vibrant color to counteract the Ice and bitter wind outside. A friend treated me tonight to an amazing day at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, and tonight coming home was the coldest it has been in awhile. So, for all of you anxious for warmer and brighter weather, I present PINK!

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.  CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MY BEST IMAGE GALLERIES OR TO BUY PRINTS

 

"Sunrise Glory above the Fog" is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog. This Triptych has been printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24".    For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.    CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

“Sunrise Glory above the Fog” is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog.
This image has been printed as a three panel split on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″. For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.
CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

 

Summer Joys on the Mountain

Yellow Water Lily and Damsel fly at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams, July 2013

Yellow Water Lily and Damsel fly at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams, July 2013

Yes I am going back to summer now, since it is brighter and warmer than what is outside!   These are all from my July 2013 folder from camping and hiking up in Bird Creek Meadows on the SE slopes of Mount Adams in southern Washington State.

Please share my work with your friends using the buttons at the bottom!  and check out the links in the sidebar and my calendars and books.  I am still working on my calendar for 2014.

Trail to Hellroaring Viewpoint from Bird creek Meadows.  This image can be seen in my galleries by clicking on the image.

Trail to Hellroaring Viewpoint from Bird creek Meadows. This image can be seen in my galleries by clicking on the image.

Valerian and Buttercup along the shores of Bird Lake

Valerian and Buttercup along the shores of Bird Lake

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sunset at Mirror Lake

sunset at Mirror Lake

underwater stump relic looks like a creature in Bird Lake

underwater stump relic looks like a creature in Bird Lake

 

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Heart Lake and Little Mount Adams in Tract D

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Bear Grass along the Bird Creek Road, Tract D

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Mount Adams is now visable from above the bridge and falls on the Bird Creek Road, thanks to the burned scar left by the Cold Springs Fire of 2008.. WIldflowers such at this Penstemon and the Bear Grass are becoming prolific in the previously desolate burn

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Dancing Cirrus uncinus clouds over Mount Adams brighten up a photo nicely!

Bear Grass was thick this year around Bird Lake and along the road in, as well as up in the meadows.

Bear Grass was thick this year around Bird Lake and along the road in, as well as up in the meadows.

 

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Native Columbine around Mirror Lake and Mount Adams

Yellow Avalanch Lily along the Bluff Lake Trail, blooming as the snow melts off the trail in late June to Mid July.  This trail is part of a wonderful loop starting and ending at Bird Lake that wanders up through Bird Creek Meadows, past Bluff Lake and Crooked Creek Falls.

Yellow Avalanch Lily along the Bluff Lake Trail, blooming as the snow melts off the trail in late June to Mid July. This trail is part of a wonderful loop starting and ending at Bird Lake that wanders up through Bird Creek Meadows, past Bluff Lake and Crooked Creek Falls.

 

Heather along the shores of Bird Lake in Tract D

Heather along the shores of Bird Lake in Tract D

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There are many deer that visit at Mirror Lake, I have watched their babies grow up

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Along the Heart Lake trail in Hellroaring Meadows, a view of Mount Adams

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This waterfall along Hellroaring Creek near Heart Lake is pretty low in this photo, but in the spring it roars.

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Spider on a Lupine around Bird Lake near Mount Adams

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Marsh Marigold in Bird Creek Meadows on Mount Adams

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Indian Paintbrush along the Bluff Lake Trail in Tract D on the East side of Mount Adams Wilderness. Tract D is on Yakama Indian Nation reservation and is managed by the Tribes, as a public access area for camping, fishing and hiking

Glorious sunset at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams in August 2013 This sunset image is available for purchase in my Smug Mug gallery which can be reached by clicking on the image.

Glorious sunset at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams in August 2013
This sunset image is available for purchase in my Smug Mug gallery which can be reached by clicking on the image.

 

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Part of my Tin Cup series, this is an old cup of my father’s. Dad, Claude Black, passed away in 1996 at age 88, and had carried this cup camping and fishing for many years. I carry it now and it brings me pleasure to drink mountain stream water from the cup and remember my Father.

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Another shot of a Yellow Violet with my Tin Cup… see previous shot for more information.

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Many of these little waterfall and wildflower shots are from along the Bluff Lake Trail not far from the campground at Bird Lake near Mount Adams. Again, part of the Tract D area

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I think this might be a Hoverfly but am not certain, but I know the flower is Arnica… seen on the Round the Mountain Trail, also known as Bird Creek Meadows trail

 

Hoverfly on a Mountain Bog Gentian along the Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

Hoverfly on a Mountain Bog Gentian along the Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

Hope you enjoy the sunshine on flowers, and have a happy feeling!

As I said above, check out the links in the sidebar.  Many of these images are going in the 4th edition version of the book “Trout Lake and Beyond” which is now up to 46 pages on this remodel! I will be displaying pages from there soon… as well as my 2014 calendar.

Thank you for your time

Darlisa Black

 

Joys of Autumn in Trout Lake

Mount Adams reflected in Trout Lake Creek, October 9, 2013

Mount Adams reflected in Trout Lake Creek, October 9, 2013

Mid October brought some marvelous color.  These are print quality images, and if you click on the individual photos it will take you to a print purchasing site.  I can also get metal prints, canvas or thinwrap images ready to hang on the wall, from 5 x 7″ up to 30 x 45″ sizes of most any image, and those can be ordered directly through myself via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com .   A price list for different mediums can be found here, and I do run specials often so keep your eyes open!  You can also think about possible Cluster images, and more info on that is in this link for Clusters, Splits and triptych

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Moonlight on Mount Adams and Takhlakh Lake

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Mount Adams in fall reflected in Trout Lake

These next 5 images are different versions of Sleeping Beauty on a lovely October 9 morning following the Aurora display during the night, seen from along Trout Lake Creek, Trout Lake, Washington.   Click on your fave to see it on my Print Purchasing site

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Farther downstream a lovely step by step falls cascades down in a lovely location above the bridge on the Mount Adams Highway.

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I have prints hanging at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon through October, and North Shore Clinic and the Hospital as well